Giving and Blessing

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
Malachi 3:10 (ESV)
 
Read the words in bold again…tithe, test and blessing. Those words are significant to anyone wanting to find financial health.

Consider the first word: tithe. In a simple definition, it means 10%. Why does God ask for 10%?  After all, so many times Christians talk about God owning everything. Why does God want my 10%? What difference would it make anyway?

Christians often talk about God wanting one’s whole heart. Why does 10% of my wallet make any difference to my whole heart?

The interesting thing about the 10% is that it is an invitation to put God to the test. Test God, seriously? That’s what the word says. See, God knows his own faithfulness. When we test God with 10%, his faithfulness is affirmed 100%. As God continues to affirm his faithfulness with our 10%, the increase of our faith rises. That moves us to the third word blessing.

To really grasp financial health, we need to understand God’s blessing. When we give to God, we are not renting or buying a blessing. A tithe is not a down payment or a retainer fee on God. A tithe is a test…and maybe it’s not a test on God. Maybe it’s a test on us.

When we see giving in this way, it’s not God that we rob, it’s our own faith that is hurt. Yes, we do experience God’s blessing right here, right now. But when we look at some kind of invest return for our own gain as God’s blessing, we miss out on something more. God’s blessing may not be what you think…may not be what you expect. But, God’s blessing will be more than you ever could have imagined.